Dr. Mark’s Blog
Published courtesy of The Times where this article originally appeared in September 2019. Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted is an occupational hazard in medicine where the risks of an intervention may only become apparent many years later. And the...
Summer is coming and with it a scourge of my youth that has blighted many a holiday abroad.
You are only as old as your arteries. Much as we all like to look good on the outside, it’s the state of our circulation that will largely determine how long most of us live – and how enjoyable those extra years are.
Low carb diet – my 6 week experiment to see how cutting back on carbs impacted on my blood cholesterol / lipid profile
Although very late to the “low-carb” party, here are my experiences of the impact on my blood lipid profile:
Are you part of the NHS digital revolution? Can you book appointments to see your GP online? Or order repeat prescriptions through your practice website and access your notes? If not, why not – because your surgery almost certainly now offers the facility?
NICE has released its long awaited guidance on the use of hormone replacement therapy in women (HRT) and it includes a few changes that are likely to see more women being offered it / considering it. I have summarised some key points
Would you want to know if your GP suspected you were in the early stages of dementia? Because they might not tell you. More than a quarter of GPs surveyed by the Alzheimer’s Society admit they wouldn’t refer people with suspected dementia because poorly resourced services mean an early diagnosis isn’t necessarily helpful.
It has been a tough week for ibuprofen and paracetamol. An Australian court has ordered the manufacturers of Nurofen to withdraw a number of products because of misleading claims about efficacy. And, as reported in yesterday’s Times, researchers in New Zealand have just published a study suggesting that paracetamol doesn’t alleviate many of the symptoms of flu.
Cancers of the kidney and bladder kill nearly as many people in the UK as breast cancer yet they have nothing like its profile, and the cardinal sign of trouble – blood in the urine – isn’t always taken as seriously as it should be.
Testosterone deficiency, or low-T as it is popularly known in America, has long polarised medical opinion. Testosterone evangelists promote it as the panacea to middle-aged woes like poor sex drive, grumpiness and lack of energy, while at the other extreme sceptics regard supplementation as the unacceptable medicalisation of natural ageing. But who is right?